Where are our national heros?

By C. Grady Drago
web posted December 1998

The growing mistrust of government by Americans is not based on "paranoia" or "wild imaginations", nor is it based on "conspiracy theories". This fear is based on the real and endless direct and indirect assaults on individual privacy and rights by our own government. The gradual loss by parents of control over local schools, erosion of personal property rights, activist federal judges attempitng to rewrite the Constitution, and the lack of respect for the rule of law and apparent contempt for the American public at the highest offices in the land are among the greatest reasons for this frustration.

It seems appropriate to single out individual acts that support and attempt to protect individual rights and the free market system and the spirit inherent in the Bill of Rights. In this 207th year of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, it is only right that we honor the Americans who have taken a stand, many times in the face of adversity, for the rights that our founding fathers intended to guarantee and that too many of America's young have died to preserve.

The Guardian of Rights awards are presented by the Lincoln Heritage Institute to those individuals who have demonstrated positive, consipicuous, and courageous actions that epitomize, honor and promote individual and states' rights, and a free market economy.

The Institute will present the 1998 Guardian Medals honoring the nations heroes at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in late January 1999. On December 15, 1997, U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston , Chairman of the Institute's Policy Board, and C. Grady Drago, President of the Institute, presented Guardian Medals to U.S. Representatives Don Young of Alaska, and Helen Chenoweth of Idaho, the co-winners of Lincoln Heritage Institute's 1997 national Guardian of Freedom medals in the public sector category. The winner of the private sector award was Mr. John McGowan of Red Cedar Oil Compay for his years of legal battles defending his company's rights against the onslaught of government environmetnal agencies and activist environmental organizations.

During the program, Representative Livingston stated, "In a time when individual rights and the rights of states have been jeopardized by an ever encroaching federal bureaucracy, certain people are standing firm for the principles and ideals of freedom upon which this country was established. It is our honor to recognize these courageous people."

Finalists for the 1997 award were the Attorney General of Alabama for his work attempting to preserve the religious rights of students in his state, the above winners, Supreme Court Justice Antonine Scalia, Representative Henry Hyde, Rupert Murdouch, and specialist Michael New because he refused to put himself under the jurisdiction of the U.N. military authority.


Nominations for the national Guardian of Freedom Award from the Lincoln Heritage Institute are now being accepted. All nominations must be received by the Institute by December 27, 1998.

Nominations are opened to all Americans. and may be sent to the Lincoln Heritage Institute at e-mail address LHIboard@aol.com, or faxed to 517-663-5245.

Nominees in the Public Sector may be Judges, elected officials (state of federal), appointed government officials, and members of the Armed Forces. Nominees in the private sector could be authors, journalists, business men and women, teachers, juries in law suites, lawyers, or community leaders. Înclude background information in as much detatil as possible. All nominees must be
received by December 27, 1998.

Drago is president of the Lincoln Heritage Institute.

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